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About Mount Kilimanjaro

  • Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa.
  • It is located in the country of Tanzania and sits just 3° below the equator.
  • There are three peaks on the mountain: Shira (13,000 ft), Mawenzi (16,893 ft), and Kibo (19,341 ft).
  • Mawenzi and Kibo are permanently snow-capped.
  • Uhuru is the highest peak on Kibo's crater rim.
  • There are six official trekking routes by which to climb the mountain: Marangu, Rongai, Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe, and Machame.

About the Climb

  • Beth Birmingham MBA '00, Associate Professor of Leadership and Change, and Stephanie Nitschke, current student in the School of Leadership and Development, will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Learn more about Beth and Stephanie.
  • Climbers participating in Reaching Peaks for African Leaders will be following the Marangu Route and will be traveling with guides from Imagine Africa.
  • Marangu is also known as the Coco-Cola route.
  • The climb will take five days to complete and climbers will stay in huts overnight at various points along the route.
  • The tentative itinerary for the climb is as follows:
    • Day 1: Arrival at AMEG Lodge Kilimanjaro for dinner and overnight.
    • Day 2: Transfer from the lodge to Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Marangu. Trek through the lush forest to Mandara Hut (2,750 m).
    • Day 3: Trek along a path through open, grassy moorlands to reach Horombo Hut (3,700 m)
    • Day 4: Ascend past the "Last Water" point to reach the Saddle, a dry area between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi (4,700 m).
    • Day 5: Early start for walk up steep and heavy scree to reach Gillman's Point in time for sunrise. Continue to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m), the highest point in Africa. Descend to Horombo Hut.
    • Day 6: Descend to the park gate for transfer back to AMEG Lodge Kilimanjaro.



Reaching Peaks for African Leaders :: About Mt. Kilimanjaro :: Honor a Porter or a Guide  
Climber Bios :: Alumni Testimonials 

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